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UH Manoa to Celebrate Summer 2004 Commencement

More than 770 candidates eligible to receive baccalaureate and advanced degrees

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Aug 11, 2004

Approximately 770 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students are eligible to receive undergraduate and advanced degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates at the Summer 2004 Commencement Ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 15, at 9 a.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

There are 421 candidates for bachelor‘s degrees, 305 candidates for master‘s degrees, 41 candidates for doctoral degrees, and 5 candidates for post-baccalaureate certificates in secondary education.

Serving as keynote speaker for the ceremony is Frank Boas, international attorney, UH Foundation Trustee and recent recipient of a national Jefferson Award for Public Service. Boas, who moved to Honolulu in 1988, has been a strong supporter of the University of Hawaiʻi and the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he regularly shares his extensive experience in international law.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, and Juris Doctor degrees from Harvard University, he went on to a very distinguished career as an international attorney, which included private practices in Brussels, London, and Washington, D.C., and service as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. State Department. Boas has received numerous awards, including the Harvard Alumni Association‘s Award, and most recently the national Jefferson Award for Public Service. The Jefferson Award was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard to recognize individuals for outstanding community and public service.

The student speaker is Roland Davis, a Presser Scholar and a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. Davis is an Honors candidate, a student marshal, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. During his academic career, he has won over 30 awards and scholarships including DownBeat Magazine‘s Award for Best Jazz Soloist in the Nation; ASCAP Classical Composer of the Year, West Coast; and two UH Composer of the Year awards. Davis is one of only two composers a year accepted into the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Also receiving recognition during the ceremony will be Regents‘ Scholars Janell Yachiyo Ito, Joyce Kim and Shayna Kum Siu Lum. The Board of Regents established the Regents‘ and Presidential Scholarships in 1987, the university‘s first full scholarships based solely on academic excellence and reserved for Hawaiʻi‘s best high school and community college students. Candidates graduating with honors, Judy A. Antoine, Agnes Y. Bahng, Mona Y. Darwich, Roland R. Davis, Yuri L. Kenney, Norman K. Kukona, and Melissa W.L. Rota, will also be recognized.

Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 8 a.m. for the combined undergraduate and advanced degree ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no tickets issued. Balloons and strollers are not allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.

Parking will be available in the lower campus parking structure; there will be no shuttle service from upper campus parking lots. Friends and family members may greet graduates following the ceremony at Les Murakami Stadium. Authorized lei vendors will be located in front of Les Murakami Stadium.

There will be a live webcast of the ceremony. For information on the webcast and further details about the commencement ceremony, visit

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